There seems to be a part of every momentous journey when you are forced to slow down and take stock of your surroundings, and I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. Stopping and taking a look around you means you have time to re-evaluate whether you really have taking the right path or perhaps back up a little and take a slightly different route.
We have ended up in swampland and have had to stop and work out why we ended up there. The development of the inhabitants of the world we are creating have not been very forthcoming and we are now in the process of inviting new ones to our land. Hopefully they won't be so difficult as the last lot. Creating cool characters is hard!